It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
A friend once told me, after stepping into my 400 square foot apartment in Manhattan that, “It looks like Christmas has projectile vomited all over your apartment!” My subconscious fist-pumped the air. You might say that I have a little thing for Christmas. If it weren’t socially unacceptable to have a Christmas tree up year-round, I would. But since I can’t, I overcompensate during the 4 weeks where lights, decorations, Balsam, garland, wreathes and trees…lots and lot and lots of trees can consume my apartment.
Speaking of trees. I have a few. Of course, there’s the real one that’s fully decked out in memory ornaments. But, there are also the baby trees. A feather tree for my shoe ornaments, a couple of small decorative trees for my table and hearth and another small tree filled with kitchen-inspired mouse ornaments for my new Hand-Built Rustic Kitchen Island! And this year, I added a new set of trees to the Christmas decorations. These hand-built raw wood tress are perfect for a hearth, a little nook or could even sit on the porch or in the yard.
What you need:
- (2) 1x12x8 boards
- (1) 1x2x8 board
- Wood glue
- (6) 2 1/2 inch construction screws
- (3) String of lights @ 50 count
First I sketched my trees onto the 1×12 using my super sonic artistic powers. Hahaha! I’m not an artist, so I promise, promise that ANYONE can do this. Just make downward angled swoops, kind of like the way you’d draw a wave, only sideways and then do the same thing on the other side, making sure that your “branches” are a little irregular. After I drew one tree, I cut it out and then used that as a template for the rest of my trees. I made my trees 3 different heights: 3 ft; 5 ft; and 6 1/2 ft.
Use your jigsaw to cut out all of your trees. Then sand them down using first 120 grit sandpaper and then finishing them with 220-grit sandpaper.
Your 1×2 will serve as your trees feet, so they stand tall and sturdy. Cut your (6) 1x2s @ 9″ and secure to the bottom of each tree using wood glue and your 2 1/2 inch construction screws.
Now it’s time to stain your trees. I used a dark wood stain called Special Walnut from Minwax for my trees. But they’d also look cute with green paint too.
Once they were dry, I moved them into the house and decorated them with colored lights. I’m thinking that after the holidays are over, I might remove the lights and keep these trees around for awhile. They can be my winter forrest wonderland. *Note: If you want to use your trees outside, make sure to cover them with a coat of polyurethane.
Oh, and remember that if Christmas projectile vomits all over your home, just eat some sugar cookies and rally.